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Liz Had a Baby Girl!

December 1, 2021

Barry Investment Advisors is excited to announce that Liz Garvey had a baby girl!  Kendall Grace...

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The Story of Charles Merrill

December 1, 2021

Charles Merrill is most famous for founding the firm that would become Merrill Lynch & Co. in 1940....

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How a 12-year-old Earned Over $350,000 in Less Than Three Months

December 1, 2021

Forget mowing lawns or a paper route, Benyamin Ahmed figured out a better way to earn money:...

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The Fall of Evergrande

November 1, 2021

In recent weeks, the story of the debt-laden Chinese property developer, Evergrande Group, has been...

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What The Buffet Indicator Is Telling Us

October 29, 2021

There are many different ways to measure how "cheap" or "expensive" the U.S. stock market is. One...

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A Record-Low Number of People Passed The CFA® Exam

October 8, 2021

The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) exam is a grueling, three-part test that is infamous for...

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Thoughts on Inflation and Market Bubbles

October 6, 2021

In January of this year, GMO Chief Investment Strategist Jeremy Grantham published an investor...

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Money and Happiness

September 27, 2021

  When It Comes To Happiness, Data Shows Money Isn’t Everything Since 1938, the Harvard Study of...

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Where Would You Fit in a Six-Party System?

September 24, 2021

Liberal or conservative? Democrat or Republican? The two-party system is a staple of American...

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How One Property Developer's Debt Poses a Serious Threat to China's Economy

September 22, 2021

Evergrande was one of the biggest winners of the property boom in China that began in the late...

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Companies Say They Can't Find Employees. Why Are They Turning Away Qualified Applicants?

September 20, 2021

In April, May, and June of this year, we saw a mass, voluntary exodus from the workforce. Over that...

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What's Behind China's Remarkable Feats of Engineering?

September 15, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese engineers responded to a surge of new COVID cases in...

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How the Original iPhone Changed the World

September 13, 2021

It's easy to forget nowadays, but there was once a time when smartphones were primarily used for...

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Tips for Women to Build Financial Independence

September 1, 2021

Traditionally, women have been the caretakers of both the older and younger generations of their...

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Back to School Planning is Different This Year

August 30, 2021

Many parents are preparing to send children off to school this fall. While the checklists grow and...

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Low Bond Yields: What Are the Risks and What Does This Mean for Your Portfolio?

August 24, 2021

As interest rates continue to hover near zero percent, bond yields have fallen to historic lows. As...

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Changes To The Child Tax Credit

August 2, 2021

The Child Tax Credit has been around for years, but this year there are some changes. Due to the...

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When will the music stop?

July 28, 2021

This commentary from Jeremy Grantham explores the prolific rise of stock prices since 2009 and...

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Does Individualism Make Us Selfish? New Research Says No.

July 21, 2021

Americans have a reputation for being selfish. Some say we only take action if it's in our own...

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Daniel Pinheiro - Fletcher Award Winner

June 24, 2021

Our very own, Daniel Pinheiro, Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst, is the 2021 recipient of CFA...

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Stock Trading for Teens: Good Idea, or Recipe for Disaster?

June 24, 2021

Financial literacy is a good thing and the earlier you can get started, the better. That's the...

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Have Questions About 529 Education Savings Plans? Read This.

June 24, 2021

529 Education Savings Plans can be a great way to set money aside for future education costs, but...

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The Big Question Surrounding Cryptocurrency: What's The Point?

June 24, 2021

Cryptocurrency is riding a wave of investor exuberance. Investors are lining up to put their money...

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6 Questions About 529 Plans

May 28, 2021

If you’re saving for your child’s higher education, you probably have a lot of questions besides...

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Former Con Man Frank Abagnale Explains How to Spot Scams

May 27, 2021

They say crime doesn't pay, but Frank Abagnale may be the exception to the rule. During his...

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How To Avoid Falling Victim to Cryptocurrency Fraud

May 27, 2021

The crypto market is booming — not just for investors, but for scammers too. Unfortunately, most...

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A Beginner's Guide to Crypto Slang

May 27, 2021

Are you HODLing, or are you so worried about getting rekt that you have paper hands? If this...

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Global Population Growth is Slowing. What Does That Mean for Us?

May 27, 2021

In countries across the globe, population is stagnating, and fertility rates are declining. ...

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Spring Clean Your Finances

May 26, 2021

Spring is the time of year that may have you thinking about getting your house in order.   While...

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A Truck To Power Your House?

May 26, 2021

The Great Texas Blackout of February 2021 earned the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid some great...

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"Rat Poison Squared": What Buffett Thinks of Cryptocurrency

May 4, 2021

Retail investor enthusiasm about cryptocurrency may be at an all-time high, but investing icon...

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Why Financial Literacy Matters

April 30, 2021

April is Financial Literacy Month, and promoting financial understanding is more urgent than ever:...

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Savings Tips for Young Adults

April 30, 2021

Starting to save early can help set young adults up for future success. There are many challenges...

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Prices Are Plummeting. Is This The End For NFTs?

April 28, 2021

In mid-March, average daily NFT sales were at an all-time high of $19.3 million, and a...

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What We Know About Volkswagen's ID Buzz

April 28, 2021

Volkswagen's new electric microbus, the ID Buzz, has been years in the making. The concept was...

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SNL's Take On NFTs

March 31, 2021

NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, have gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks. In essence, this...

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A Closer Look At Innovation ETFs

March 30, 2021

Since the beginning of the year, the recently-launched Direxion Moonshot Innovators ETF has risen...

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Is This Flying Robot the Future of Fruit Farming?

March 29, 2021

Harvesting fruit crops is difficult work, and the number of fruit pickers is dwindling. In fact,...

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Why Electric Vehicles Could Be Fueling "Big Market Delusion"

March 26, 2021

"Big market delusion" occurs when a new market opens up and shows signs of disrupting an existing...

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NFTs: The Next Big Thing, or Just Another Investor Craze?

March 24, 2021

Fresh off of spikes in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin and price surges in "meme" stocks...

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Happy International Women's Day

March 8, 2021

Barry Investment Advisors would like to wish you all Happy International Women's Day. Today we...

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A New Book, Co-Authored By Pat Barry

March 1, 2021

Our modern monetary system has become too complex, a fragile process that depends on private banks...

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WallStreetBets: Same Story, Different Characters

February 22, 2021

Led by retail investors on the Reddit forum WallStreetBets, GameStop's stock price saw a meteoric...

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Nouriel Roubini, Who Predicted the 2007 Housing Market Collapse, Sees Bitcoin Going Bust

February 19, 2021

Economist Nouriel Roubini has made plenty of warnings about impending crashes or bubbles bursting,...

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A Commodity 'Supercycle' Is Underway. What Does That Mean?

February 17, 2021

A commodity supercycle occurs when prices of raw materials trade above expectations for an extended...

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Five Promotions for Members of Our Team!

February 11, 2021

Barry Investment Advisors is excited to announce the promotions of five members of our team! ...

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Move Over, George Jetson: GM's eVTOL Could Be the Future of Flying Cars

January 20, 2021

For years the flying car has been synonymous with the future, a sign that society has truly...

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The U.S. Faces Stiff Competition in the Digital Payments Space

January 15, 2021

America is often considered the world's leader in innovation, but we may not be as far ahead of the...

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GDP Growth is on the Rise, Thanks to COVID-19 Vaccines

January 14, 2021

After the COVID-related market and economic downturn last year, most experts — including the Fed —...

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2020 Year-End Review

January 5, 2021

In this month’s podcast, Joe Barry sits down to discuss the financial markets in 2020, a year that...

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Google is Considering a "Flexible Work Week" for Employees

December 17, 2020

With new COVID-19 cases surging nationwide, tech giant Google has delayed its planned return to...

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Why Silver Could Be As Good As Gold In 2021

December 15, 2020

Silver may not get as much attention as its cousins in the precious-metals family, but that could...

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Why Emerging Market Value Stocks Could Be Worth a Closer Look

December 1, 2020

With markets at all-time highs, many investors are searching for underfollowed equities with high...

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2020 Year-End Planning Items

November 19, 2020

Our team always puts a high priority on year-end financial planning, but it is especially...

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Election 2020

November 3, 2020

With the U.S. election upon us, Joe Barry sat down to discuss how the election may, or may not,...

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Why Investors Are Considering Portfolio Changes Ahead of November's Election

October 28, 2020

With the presidential election one week away, investors are growing increasingly more uncertain...

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Shopping Malls Becoming Retirement Communities: A New Housing Trend

October 28, 2020

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on every industry, but brick-and-mortar retail, in particular,...

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Millennials Are Frustrated With Baby Boomers. Can You Blame Them?

October 28, 2020

"OK Boomer" has become a popular retort among millennials, an eye-rolling response to older...

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Trying to Keep Your Spirits Up While At Home? These Animal Feeds Can Help

October 28, 2020

Thanks to COVID-19, opportunities for social interaction are limited — as are the health benefits...

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Preparing for an Inflationary Period

October 28, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding market crash, the Fed first lowered...

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Widgets, Picture-in-Picture, App Library: 14 New Features for iOS 14

October 28, 2020

Apple's iOS updates always make a splash, usually for one of two reasons: either because they make...

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Warren Buffett's Next Big Investment Idea: Japan

September 29, 2020

Thanks to a long track record of success, when Warren Buffett sets his sights on a new investment,...

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What New Surveys Tell Us About Millennials & Money

September 14, 2020

When it comes to money, millennials have a reputation for being lazy, entitled, and unwilling to...

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Should you refinance your mortgage?

September 9, 2020

On this edition of the Barry Broadcast, Liz Garvey and Beth Parker sat down with Donna McKeown,...

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Selling Low: Why Older Investors Are Less Patient During Market Downturns

September 8, 2020

Given their years of experience with the markets, you might assume that older investors are...

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How We Can Improve Virtual Learning For Students During COVID-19

September 4, 2020

COVID-19 has altered many facets of our daily lives, and students have been among those most...

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Reshaped How We Work

August 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a number of businesses to adjust their working environments in order...

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The Hottest Commodity Right Now Isn't Gold — It's Handbags

August 26, 2020

With the Treasury offering sub-zero real interest rates, investors are looking for new assets to...

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How To Ask Friends & Family For Funding (And Why You Shouldn't)

August 24, 2020

Would-be entrepreneurs are skipping bank loans in favor of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter...

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Why Gold Is Thriving In The COVID Economy

August 21, 2020

The markets continue to recover from the March/April trough. Stock prices are rising, but some...

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The "Cobra Effect": Why It's Bad News For The Economy

August 19, 2020

The "Cobra Effect" refers to a situation where the solution to a problem ends up being worse than...

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Remembering A Computing Legend

August 18, 2020

These days, most computing devices are built around touchscreens, but until recently, the mouse was...

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Warren Buffett Doesn't Mind Looking Like A Fool

August 18, 2020

Every investor has trades they wish they could take back — even someone like Warren Buffett, one of...

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Is Time Running Out For TikTok in the U.S.?

July 24, 2020

TikTok is the most popular app of 2020, but the upstart social media site may not be around in the...

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Watch This Short Video for Tips on TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Securities)

July 22, 2020

While generally low-risk, long-term investments do come with the risk of not growing at a...

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Fool's Gold: How One Company Used Fake Gold To Secure $2 Billion in Loans

July 21, 2020

When it comes to offering collateral for loans, you can't do much better than gold bars. Unless, of...

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What's Next for the Industries Hit Hardest by COVID-19?

June 29, 2020

COVID-19 significantly impacted industries across the board, but some (including retail,...

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Clean Your Finances

June 29, 2020

Over the last several months, many of us have had extra time on our hands. And for some, this has...

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Hudson Yards and COVID-19

June 25, 2020

Hudson Yards is a $25 billion development in New York City. It was open for just two days before...

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Coronavirus: Poor Nations Are Facing An Unprecedented Debt Crisis

June 24, 2020

Developing nations have long relied on outside investors and low-interest debt to finance their...

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Will Young New Yorkers Return To The City?

June 23, 2020

As a result of COVID-19, New York City has seen a mass exodus of people in their 20s and 30s. Some...

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An Additional Portfolio Offering: One Driven by Human and Financial Values

May 28, 2020

  Our Investment Committee recently teamed up with Ethic to build a customized portfolio that is...

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Potential Gold Mine for Scammers

May 27, 2020

Times of crisis can be frightening for the average person, but for scammers, they're a great...

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How Will The U.S. Economy Start Back Up After COVID-19? China May Have Some Answers

May 26, 2020

Calls for allowing businesses to resume operations and getting employees back to work have grown...

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Chinese Small Companies Offer Value in an Uncertain Market

May 22, 2020

With coronavirus causing chaos across a number of different industries and in the markets, many...

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Individual Wealth

May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant economic impact: business closures, plummeting oil...

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For White-Collar Companies, Teleworking May Be Here To Stay

May 18, 2020

Many white-collar companies have adopted a teleworking model, allowing operations to continue...

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The New Challenges Facing Tech Startups in a Post-COVID World

May 14, 2020

For decades, Wall Street has provided equity and debt funding to tech companies, allowing startups...

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Finding the Silver Lining In COVID-19

May 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most significant crises the world has ever known. Hundreds of...

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Anything Could Drive Fear - Here's What To Look For

April 30, 2020

For the last two months, investment markets have been largely driven by fear. And it seems like...

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A Valuable (And Fun) Lesson

April 30, 2020

What's important in life? What are the things that we should pay attention to, and what are just...

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Market Update IV: COVID-19

April 22, 2020

In our fourth podcast during the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Barry, Pat Barry, Kate Alves and Dan...

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Giving Back During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Over the last several weeks, it's been inspiring to see how ordinary people from across the country...

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Kindness In The Face of Uncertainty

March 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant amount of worry and uncertainty across the country....

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Fear & Greed: More Useful To Investors Than You May Think

March 27, 2020

To make the right investment decisions, investors need to keep their emotions out of the equation....

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Recession or Depression? Why The United States Is At A Crossroads

March 27, 2020

Historically speaking, pandemics typically don't cause economies to collapse all by themselves....

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OneCoin and the $15 Billion Fraud

March 23, 2020

We're all familiar with the old saying "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Yet all...

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Market Update III: COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Investment markets continued lower this week, as fear around Coronavirus weighed on equity prices....

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Market Update: COVID-19 and Crude Oil

March 16, 2020

Again, markets closed sharply lower yesterday. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial...

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COVID-19 Update #1: March 6th, 2020

March 6, 2020

This week, tension about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pushed global markets sharply lower....

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